In August this year, five delegates from Bourg-en-Bresse arrived safely in our “blooming” town for three days filled with tours, meetings and presentations. Our visitors included Guillaume Lacroix, the Deputy Mayor for culture and International Relations, Gerard Lora-Tonnet and Martine Desbenoit both Municipal Councillors and Marie Vincent, International Relations Manager.
They were escorted around our town by Cllr Tuffail Hussain, Aylesbury Town Mayor; Keith Gray JP, Aylesbury Town Clerk and Cllrs Mike Smith and Allison Harrison and Tom Hunter-Watts.
A welcome dinner was hosted by the Town Mayor, held in the historic and stunning Judge’s Lodgings which was attended by councillors, business people and dignitaries including Lord Lieutenant Sir Henry Aubrey-Fletcher and Mr Joe Barclay the High Sheriff, providing an opportunity for the towns to develop working and social relationships with each other.
A major part of the visit was centred around The Bucks County Show where agricultural business links were established and progressed. Our French visitors enjoyed walking the showground, taking in all the of the wonderful sights and sounds that this long standing show has to offer. Our visitors also had the honour of awarding some of the prestigious prizes during the show.
The Hon Recorder of Aylesbury, HH Judge Sheridan gave a guided tour of the Crown Court and invited the delegation to sit in on a court procedure before experiencing the prisoner transportation van.